ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC HIGHLIGHTS: Chennaiyin FC and SC East Bengal play out a 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.39 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa on Saturday. Both teams had plenty of chances but it was Matti Steinmann's brace against Lallianzuala Chhangte and Rahim Ali goals that settled the game. Steinmann scored his second to equalise for East Bengal with a tap-in in the 68th minute. Rahim Ali got to the end of a Jakub Sylvestr pass and found the back of the net to put Chennaiyin FC 2-1 up. In the 59th minute, Steinmann first equalised for East Bengal off a Bikash Jairu's corner. Mohammed Rafique missed a massive chance in the 37th minute, when he was through with only the goalkeeper to beat. Jacques Maghoma has a good chance to equalise but Vishal Kaith collects the ball just in time. Chhangte found the back of the net in the 13th minute. Follow all the live updates of SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC in News18 Sports' blog.
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CFC will be wary of the threat SC East Bengal poses as the Kolkata team motivated to get its first win. Three former Chennaiyin FC strikers are now part of SC East Bengal - Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh and CK Vineeth. And, they will be keen to do their best in an important game. Chennaiyin are meeting the Kolkata side for the first time ever and they would hope to continue the momentum after beating a strong FC Goa on December 19.
East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler insisted that his players had put behind the disappointment of allowing Kerala Blasters to snatch a draw with a late equaliser in their last match. "The morale that we got here has been good," he said, adding "at times, we've been unlucky". "It's totally unfortunate that you're conceding goals at the last minute. But the lads played really well and we created a lot of chances. We could have won the game quite convincingly. But football is like that."
CFC Head Coach Csaba Laszlo said East Bengal were improving gradually and expected a tough match. "East Bengal have good football players; they are a new team that needs to adapt to the ISL. I saw that in the starting few matches they weren't good but they are improving and it will be a difficult challenge for us for sure," he said.